Newcastle’s Confidence Has Taken A Big Hit


One of things we learned during our relegation season four years ago is that once the confidence of payers goes – because of the continual poor results – it becomes very difficult to get your players playing anywhere near their best form.

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Alan Pardew – must inspire the players

And it’s that confidence which can become the main issue until the team starts to string a number of wins together.

And after Newcastle were walloped in the last 20 minutes at the Emirates and conceded four goals and most of them were very sloppy – Alan Pardew has come out and said the confidence of his players has taken a hit.

We are now back in 15th place and just 3 points above 3rd bottom Southampton who drew 3-3 at Stoke City over the weekend, after being 3-1 up in the second half, and only a 90th minute equalizer from Cameron Jerome robbed them of a famous win.

And Reading picked up a good 1-0 win at home against a West Ham side who are starting to struggle, and Wigan won 3-0 at Aston Villa (the Villans have conceded 15 goals in their last 3 games and scored none), so three of the teams below us gained points on Newcastle over the weekend.

Alan talked about his players today:

“They were disappointed in the dressing room, of course.” “You don’t want a scoreline like that – confidence will be affected.” “We can’t get away from it, but there’s no point in hiding from it.” “I’ve told them to come out on Wednesday night, and be strong.”

“We will have to make sure we don’t put the ball at risk like we did at Arsenal, and make sure we win the game.” “It must be hard for Newcastle fans to look at that scoreline, but you really had to be there on the night.”

“The last 20 minutes was a team that hadn’t had a game this week, and another team that played on a sodden pitch in Manchester, and worked their hearts out.” “We have had to work really, really hard, and the scoreline doesn’t really reflect what went on.”

Newcastle will have one more day’s rest than Everton who were narrowly beaten by a resurgent Chelsea side on Sunday – so surely tiredness cannot be used as another excuse?

Our lads need to go out there on Wednesday as through their lives depended on winning the game – and deliver those 3 points.

It seems so easy doesn’t it. 😀

If we can get the win then things will look a little brighter in Newcastle’s garden on Thursday morning – that’s for sure.

What do you think?

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216 comments so far

  • Blaydon-Toon

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Come on two wins and the gloom will be lifted ! Everton will be tough but to crack and if you offered me a draw now I would probably take it ! CB news please please sign a decent CB please please please !

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #2

    Joseph Barton ?@Joey7Barton
    Debuchy has signed for Newcastle. He was good for Lille when we played them. Very attacking. Be interesting to see how he goes… #Nufc

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  • gfp13

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #3

    A few signings should give the players hope. At then moment I feel as though the first 11 know they are far superior to our next choice so have no pressure to perform because they are guaranteed a start. Even Williamson because Taylor is injured is in a comfortable position as it is. Hopefully a few faces in will get them a bit energised

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  • colwell

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #4

    I see Newcastle’s French correspondent Joey Barton has reported we have signed Debuchy.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #5

    I know it’s all ifs and buts but if we can get. Run together where we get 13/14 points out of our next 6 games we could be top ten.

    Teams in the bottom don’t usually do it as they haven’t the quality. We have the quality they just aren’t performing so it’s not all over

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  • Blaydon-Toon

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #6

    TS any other news ?

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  • Zimbabwean_Toon_warrior

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #7

    I really hope BA goes and his ‘Dodgy-Knee’ Kicks in …sick and tired of greedy selfish players!!!…He is suffocating Cisse and im pretty sure other players are getting sick of him!……forward ever i hope we can pick ourselves up and turn this boy around starting with Everton (would take a draw today tbh)…good to see Marveaux starting to tick and rumoured arrival of Debuchy should shake things up…..Nor, Reading and Villa if we collect max points it will be a different story

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  • Krul to be Kind

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #9

    So if we sign ‘he who must not be named’ can we lift the blanket ban on his real name?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #10

    Blaydon

    Nothing concrete other than the obvious about debuchy and Ba (one coming and one desperate to go)

    Strong rumour I heard was expect remy and also a signing which will be a big shock.

    I expect that shock to be a CB but not sure who it could be

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  • TorqToon

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #11

    Sage – I’ve also heard good whisperings from Marseilles with regards Loic Remy. Lets hope between us the info is concrete.

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  • Krul to be Kind

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #12

    I can’t believe it looks like we planned for the window, the news about ‘he who should not be named’ coming on 1st jan has just made me pee a bit with excite, only saying like

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #13

    This blog looks strange again no android device! Anyone experiencing the same?

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  • proudtobageordie

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #14

    transfer sage

    Could the big shock be Juleon Lescott?

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #15

    *on

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  • Jay K

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #16

    Mancini just said on sky no players will be leaving there so ad b very surprised

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  • roe997

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #17

    The press must be deluded if they think the ba deal is a good ‘bargain’. He would be gone by now if it was as simple as a 7.5m release clause. As soon as a club starts sniffing they run a mile.spurs with harry, liverpool, arsenal now chelsea have all backed out.ive heard theres add on here and there, also his knee? It must be a really sour deal if you ask me.his entourage as they call themselves, which includes his brothers and friends as agents, must really be milking the transfer. If you ask me its causing nothing but unrest in team, no matter how good ba is.

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #18

    Jesper – I’m on iPhone and it seems fine to me. So not really any help haha

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  • mansize scotty

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #19

    @ Proudtobeageordie, keep the info coming mate, you have been spot on so far!!

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  • Krul to be Kind

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #20

    Lescott is possibly the best goal scoring defender in the EPL, given his age and wages I doubt we will go for him but a loan might be on the cards, personally I don’t like loans unless there is an agreement to make permanent if it works out, we are Newcastle United, we should never be needing ‘top class’ stop gaps but be in a position to attract top class ‘signings’, I hope we have turned a corner and the big wigs at the club can see you can’t compete on a shoestring!

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  • tequilamag

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #21

    All of these poster wetting themselves with excitement at the thought of getting rid of Ba and hoping his knee goes.
    How clueless can you get, without his goals this season we would be in deep deep brown stuff.
    If he does go then best of luck to the lad, he has been brilliant for us and deserves to be treated with more respect.

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #22

    I heard a rumour about Haangeland. Very strictly a rumour, but I heard 4 mil and Simpson going the other way.
    He’s a good player but is 31 I think.

    Anyway, just a rumour don’t attack me. 🙂

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  • TorqToon

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #23

    Krul – Quite a picture you paint, lad! Haha

    It appears that we have (maybe, possibly) planned a transfer window properly for once!!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #24

    Sage
    Boumsong!!!!

    Sir toon
    Fair enough mate like i said im not prepared to turn on the lad but still agree that if he has turned down a perfectly goid contract then yeah of course he should be moved on, which is what he looks like he’s doing so i really dont see the problem the club know have to act fast to
    A) find him a move that suits him and us
    B) find an adequette replacement ASAP
    C) if he stays get him signed to a proper contract tell him he plays when/where its best for the team and ffs dont tell the media he has a release clause!!
    I still think the club want him gone hence being so open about his clause as i doubt he’s the only player with one

    But the one thing that isnt on are the stupid comments perfect example being Zimbabwean_Toon_warrior@7

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  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #25

    We’ve looked a good team going forward lately and p1ss poor defensively.
    It’ll help with Sayls back soon as AP has said so it kinda says that he’s not as confident in Willo as he is in the other 2CB’s
    The way he says that we need to retain the ball better against Everton,he is hinting that Tiote will be the focus in training.
    We should have a decent starting line up against the toffees but again it’ll be our bench that’ll be very thin and our back line that will need good cover.
    If Cisse is to be on the right hen I hope it’s not RM but as a RF
    Hopefully Anita is back as he gives us so much more energy,creativity and cover

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  • King Arfa

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #26

    I think the shock signing will be sakho! Just what we need at the back to partner collo

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  • obatoyou

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #27

    dude, the relegation season we had a shite team
    this season we have the best team, just lots of injuries and a little bad form, we’ll be back mate, we’re no where near the relegation zone neither, and had a few tough games in a row, after everton we got norwich reading villa mate cmon son! have a happy new year folks, late here in australia, be safe and drink way too much yell at people and ring random numbers embarrassin urself, wake up with a giant headache and no money and wonder wtf happened to ur life!

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  • TorqToon

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #28

    I would take Lescott or hangeland in a heartbeat. If wages and terms are suitable for the club then would definitely have then lads at the club. With Colo struggling in recent times, having these 2 lads in the squad would be a boot up the back side! Don’t think it will happen but a double signing of these 2 would be great and with their current contracts – wouldn’t cost the earth either.

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  • WWYCD

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #29

    Plenty of good players out of contract in the summer isnt there so should be some good deals going on this Jan. Holtby anyone? Douglas, Sissoko and has Destro signed a new contract?

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  • King Arfa

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #30

    Bags ov experience at his age and still plenty room to improve I do however fear that cashley won’t pay the wedge

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #31

    Guys, remember in pre-season when we played Monaco? They had a striker called Ibrahima Toure? He was linked with Norwich today and labelled a “goal machine” so I checked how he’s doing and found out he’s scored 17 goals in just 21. However, its the Ligue 2 and he’s 27. Although, he’d be cheaper than others we’ve been linked with.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #32

    Regarding transfers i will say

    better not expect too much

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  • WWYCD

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #33

    Mbwia aswell, Sakho is far from happy as is Lescott

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #34

    Conaldo
    Aye heard that one its tough to believe seeing as i think Haangeland is out if contract in the summer seems a big fee like but would deffo have him but would still want to see a young player come in like m’bwia or alderwield who i think are still like 23 ish

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #35

    WWYCD

    I hear XISCO is free in the summer. him anyone?

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  • WWYCD

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #36

    Indian
    Nar the Disco has earned a new deal hasent he? Scored a hattrick for the kids once SIGN HIM UP 😀

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  • Jay K

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #37

    Thought Xisco had another season

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  • TorqToon

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #38

    So any 2 of hangeland, Lescott, mbiwa and sakho. The latter 2 would be my personal choice. Big sounds coming out of Valenciennes regards a player moving to the premier league – and Newcastle mentioned in the same breath. The only lad I’be heard and know if is Nicolas Isimat-Mirin. French U21 defender. Very highly rated but at prices between £3-4.5mil being touted, seems a bit steep for us. Could be wrong however.

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  • proudtobageordie

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #39

    mansize scotty

    Iknow i have mate. got a very good informer and is genuine. Ive also been informed we are trying to do a deal with PSG for sakho and for demba to go the other way but apparently agents fee’s for demba could scupper any deal. So it may be a straight cash deal only?????

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  • Krul to be Kind

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #40

    Torq

    I’ve asked the wife to lock me in the bathroom for the next 31 days to prevent further excitement mishaps, but as long as I have contact with the outside world to get updated on rumours ill be fine, I just can’t handle excitement, maybe it’s my age! Haha

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